17 days in Alaska Itinerary

17 days in Alaska Itinerary

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17 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
Foot + Fly:  18​h
1
Fairbanks
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  6​h 30​min
2
Seward
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Anchorage
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Juneau
— 3 nights
Fly + Ferry:  2​h 45​min
5
Ketchikan
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  18​h
End: Birmingham

3
nights
Fairbanks

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Step out of Fairbanks with an excursion to Chena Hot Springs Resort in Chena Hot Springs--about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, see the interesting displays at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, don't miss a visit to Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, and get a new perspective on nature at University of Alaska Museum of the North.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Fairbanks tour itinerary planning tool .

Birmingham, UK to Fairbanks is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST) is minus 9 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Birmingham in February, with highs in Fairbanks at -13°C and lows at -26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Seward.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Chena Hot Springs Resort, Santa Claus House
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum ©
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum

2
nights
Seward

For most visitors to this part of the world, the wild part of Alaska starts at Seward, a small port city that takes advantage of the region's natural beauty.
On the 27th (Thu), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Alaska SeaLife Center, and then get engrossed in the history at Seward Community Library & Museum. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Resurrection Bay and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Seward online tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Fairbanks to Seward takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Fairbanks in February: high temperatures in Seward hover around 1°C and lows are around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Seward

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kayaking & Canoeing
Alaska SeaLife Center ©
Alaska SeaLife Center

4
nights
Anchorage

Anchorage ©
Home to nearly half of Alaska's population, the port city of Anchorage covers a staggering area of over 4,900 sq km (1,900 sq mi) surrounded by mountains.
Anchorage is known for historic sites, wildlife, museums, nature, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, pause for some photo ops at Alaska Veterans Memorial, get engrossed in the history at Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, and get to know the resident critters at Alaska Zoo.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Anchorage online travel route planner .

You can drive from Seward to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Seward in February: high temperatures in Anchorage hover around -2°C and lows are around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Seward Hwy
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

3
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Juneau is known for wildlife, nature, adventure, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Tracy Arm Fjord, admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls, get outside with Northern Passages and Glacier Bay, and take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Juneau trip planning website .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Anchorage to Juneau in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Anchorage in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Juneau, with lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Juneau

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tracy Arm Fjord ©
Tracy Arm Fjord
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Northern Passages and Glacier Bay ©

3
nights
Ketchikan

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Ketchikan is known for wildlife, historic sites, nightlife, nature, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: cast your line with a fishing tour, head outdoors with Alaska Coastal Quest, explore and take pictures at Saxman Native Village, and explore the galleries of Totem Heritage Center.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Ketchikan online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Juneau to Ketchikan in 3 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Traveling from Juneau in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 0°C in Ketchikan. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Creek Street ©
Creek Street
Totem Bight State Historical Park ©
Totem Bight State Historical Park

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